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We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at Seoul National University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Berkshire Medical Center. Dr. Rhie's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rhie is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi is an adult endocrinology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Choi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Yonsei University College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Reikes include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors". He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Naidu's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Naidu has received include Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. Dr. Naidu (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Maruja Del Valle Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After attending Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang, who practices in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Wang trained at Boston VA Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). Dr. Wang speaks Taiwanese. Dr. Wang is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu is an adult endocrinology specialist in Orange, CA. She speaks Igbo. Dr. Madu's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before performing her residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Madu attended the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine for medical school. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Madu accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

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Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Tran include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before completing his residency at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, Dr. Tran attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Tran honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Rettinger include obesity, diabetes, and menopause. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rettinger is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is an internal medicine hospitalist and endocrinologist. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Kurdi has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Patient ratings for Dr. Kurdi average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Orange, CA. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Labadzhyan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Labadzhyan graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Armenian.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Parathyroid Disease, Type 1 ... (Read more)

Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand practices general internal medicine. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. Dr. Zand is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Zand takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Stanley W Cho, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Cho practices family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cho accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Cho attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks Spanish and Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri works as an internist in Orange, CA. Dr. Ohri's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Ohri include diabetes and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Ohri is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Ohri completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Glen Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 305
Orange, CA
 

Dr. G. Smith's medical specialty is family medicine. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Orange County Medical Center. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: warts, diabetes, and menstrual disorders. Dr. Smith honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Warts, Knee Pain, Allergies, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Menstrual Disorders, Heart ... (Read more)

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.